On a Quincy TV station yesterday, Bruce Rauner claimed his administration did “an excellent job” responding to the Legionnaires’ crisis that took 14 lives since 2015.
“Well our team has done, by and large, an excellent job. People aren’t perfect. Occasionally some things stumble here or there,” Rauner said on WGEM Monday. Legionnaires’ has plagued the Quincy Veterans’ Home since Rauner became governor, sickening Veteran residents and staff in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and killing 14. The Rauner administration waited six days to publicize the first outbreak, a delay one infectious disease expert called “mind boggling” and “inexcusable.”
“The fact that Bruce Rauner thinks Veterans and spouses in Quincy losing their lives to Legionnaires’ is him doing ’an excellent job’ is all we need to know about his failed leadership,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Fourteen people died on Rauner’s watch, but he still has the gall to go on a Quincy TV station, rewrite history, and insult those who lost loved ones.”
How is it 13 Vetereans die and you think everything was done right? Why did other government officials have to tell you too ask for funding to build a new home? Why did it take 5 days after the vets home got the warning too tell anyone. Do you really think you will be re-elected?
* Rauner says improvements at Illinois Veterans Home moving at quick pace: The first step in the plan involved buying the nearby Sycamore Healthcare Center, which closed as a nursing home in April 2017. The state paid $625,000 for the facility and is gutting the complex so it can be rebuilt to house veterans during construction on the Veterans Home campus. It also can be used for other veterans-related services in the future. “The Sycamore facility is going to create a lot of options for us, so getting that done quickly — in the next few months — is a goal. And we seem to be on track to do that,” Rauner said. “We’re putting in all-new everything. We’re going to make it a world-class facility.”
Everything you need to know about Bruce Rauner is that he thinks the negligent killing of over a dozen people is “excellent.” The man is truly a cartoon villain, but with less character complexity and believability.
Rauner death scale:
Outstanding 1-50 deaths
Excellent 51-100 deaths
Pretty Good 101- 150 deaths
Sub Optimal 151-200 deaths
Needs Improvement 201-250 deaths
Could Be Better 251-300 deaths
Not Too Shabby 301-350 deaths
Unfocused 351-400 deaths
A Bump In The Road - 401-450 deaths
Ooopsie 451-1000 deaths
More than 1000 - Tammy Duckworth’s fault
Three years later and he still won’t understand that the casualness of his language on this issue is why he can’t put it behind him. “stumbles….” He’s two serves of BBQ away from, “I mean, it’s like whaddya gonna do, right?”
The alarms were sounding, and the Governors’ PR people were discussing how to spin it. This should have been attended to at the highest levels, immediately.Very poor administration - unbelievable incompetence.
So let’s see how they try to rewrite history. It’s incredibly amazing to believe that the Governor still hasn’t figured out how to apologize for the mismanagement.
Senger resigned after never answering the Duckworth question.
IDVA Director as well as members of her team resigned during Joint Hearing investigations.
Facilities Director at Quincy resigned in 2016.
Hired a $240k/year “fixer” to try and spin this into a win.
Never one apology from anyone in the Governor’s administration.
Such callousness from Rauner. Timothy Miller deserves an answer to his questions from Rauner himself. He had a hand in causing the man’s father’s death. The very least Rauner should do is acknowledge the anger and frustration.